Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Eclectic Christmas Home Tour

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be joining some wonderful ladies I've met in the blogging and Instagram world for a Eclectic Christmas home tour hop! I'll try not to end every sentence with an exclamation point...! Big thanks to Jess at Domicile 37 for including me. Also, if you're coming here from Maggie's blog, hi and welcome! I'm writing this before actually seeing her home tour but her house is amazing and she uses bright colors and thrifted vintage items so I know her house at Christmas will be right up my alley.

There are so many houses to see so grab some tea or coffee and ignore your responsibilities for a bit while you browse. ; )

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Ok, since I have a ton of pictures, let me go ahead and get the ball rolling. *this post contains some affiliate links for your ease. Nothing costs you more, I might earn a small amount of the sale to buy more stuff like hot glue sticks*

I'll start you off with our simple front porch. I shared this easy DIY last night on Instagram but this sign was 3 extra fence boards connected with some scrap wood and written on with extra red paint.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

The sign stays out front all year because the other side says 'hello'. I love it because it breaks up a huge blank space on our front porch. The bucket was a quick spray paint job and some juniper clippings. I'm all about going easy on myself and keeping things simple.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Inside, our entry way has a very narrow table with little space for much of anything. I used the same gold spray paint (bought at the Habitat for Humanity Restore by the way) to spray some Christmas trees we used as decor at our wedding almost 10 years ago.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.
entry way update
I made this cutesy little pom pom tree with a branch from the yard and pom poms I already had from the Dollar Tree. It's such a cute little pop of color in this simple space.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.
DIY triangle art in reflection
The height of the trees is just what this space needs and I like how clean and light it still looks in here. I had to take these pictures with the light on because this space can be pretty dark.  Favorite-DIY-side-note: When we moved into our house, the front door was brown with a tiny window. We bought the stained glass from a local antique mall, cut out a hole in the door, dropped it in and trimmed it out. It worked! Plus the red speaks to me. : )

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

I buy embroidery hoops whenever I see them at thrift stores and this year I made cute little holly wreaths out of felt and pom poms.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.
antique rug
Just outside the entry way is my office nook which is my favorite little corner.
Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

We made the desk from Ana White plans but modified it a bit for the look I wanted. You can read more about that project here.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

If you're here as a visitor, you need to know that pretty much everything in every picture is either thrifted, Craigslisted, made or repurposed. It's my favorite thing to create a home that looks great for as little moola as possible. And I love to give you ideas of ways to do the same!

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

I had tiny decorations on a few tiny trees and, when I took it all off to redo it, I ended up liking the natural look better. All of the little trees in our house are now stripped.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

The Silent Night print was a free printable that I had printed larger in black and white at Staples for just over a dollar. The Christmas wallpaper on my computer can be found here.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

I should also say, this is not our 'Christmas rug' but, with most of our accents in green anyway, when December comes around and I add some red the rug makes me so much happier than it does the rest of the year. It was made for such an occasion as this! 

On the other wall is this beautiful, heavy wardrobe I found on Craigslist for FORTY DOLLARS! I begged my brother to grab it for me before the guy came to his senses. We were living in Hawaii at the time for my husband's work so I couldn't send him. I did nothing to it. It's great as is.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

I put our nativity on the top. I love how simple and beautiful it looks. We didn't have a manger? creche? or whatever the barn part of the nativity is called.. Last year, I painted a canvas and used a gold sharpie to draw one. I love it. It's way more 'us' than a fancier set up. Read: cheaper. 

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.
 Be Nice sign (similar)

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

I thrifted some of the pink candles and bought the others at Hobby Lobby. The red beads were around one of the now bare Christmas trees and the fringe was cut off of a garage sale blanket.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

I just taped the red lyrics over the original re purposed piece that hangs here. I love how simple this little table of decor turned out.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

The built in in our kitchen got a few Santa plates and, this year, a hot cocoa station. I used items I already had.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

The kitchen stayed super simple too. Just a wreath left over from our wedding (again, ten years ago. There's very little replacing going on over here.)

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

My DIY dictionary page wall got a star basket, some holly and new Christmas tree cutouts in the easy frames I made.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

I've had a big collections of Santas that was overflow from my mom's big collection of Santas. Last year I got rid of some but this year I got the idea to spray paint them solid colors and now I wish I had kept more. I love the way they look! PS I bought the spray paint at the Habitat for Humanity Restore because I wasn't picky on colors and didn't care about having full cans either.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

I should stop here and say, this is the only dining table in our house. We have 2 kids and my husband works from home. This table NEVER looks pretty unless your idea of pretty is old cereal bowls and water rings. I am not fancy and I only did this for you to look at right now. You're welcome. : )

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Also, it makes me laugh that I say that because all I did was throw some tree branches in the middle and put our plates on birthday napkins from 3 years ago. #reallife #notfancy

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

We don't have a mantel for our stockings so I was so excited this year when I finally came up with something that I love. You can see the tutorial for this free stocking hanger here.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

My mom bought this nativity from an Avon catalog when I was a kid. It makes me so happy to see the girls playing with it.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Then, my favorite thing for last. The Christmas tree! Every year I think about using clear lights but the pink glow that comes from a colorful Christmas tree just makes me so happy.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.
I keep the little bottle brush trees in the letter tray until the end of February. They're such a cute winter touch.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

I used a garage sale Mexican blanket that I dyed pinkish red as the tree skirt. I get the side eye every time a new old blanket makes its way into our house.

 

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

This year I used red ornaments and ribbon we already had, made some large white tassels, some red tassels and some embroidery hoop ornaments. Come back next week to see how I made those and how I can reinvent them every year for very little cost!

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

My older pumpkin collects ALL THE THINGS and toilet paper rolls are included, usually to my dismay, but we cut some up and made it into our tree star this year. She was so happy and I love the way it looks. Again, simple and free.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

There are wild turkeys around my in-laws' house so I asked if I could borrow some feathers for the tree. Love the little pop of boho they add.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.
Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

I also love how the tree looks when the lights are off.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Helpful hint: Cram your tree in a corner and then you don't have to decorate all the way around it. SCORE!

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Simple, eclectic christmas decor mostly homemade or repurposed.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Thank you to Jess for inviting me! Make sure you follow me on Instagram for daily posts and stop back here anytime for lots of inspiration and money saving decor ideas. The next stop on this tour of winter wonderland happiness is French and French Interiors. Click over and see what Heather's beautiful house looks like this year!

Thanks for reading, friends!

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